MANSFIELD -- The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) has rescheduled its July fireworks show at Charles Mill Lake Park for Saturday, Aug. 31.
The park announced the show, initially planned for Saturday, July 6, was moved to the final weekend of August due to how high water levels continue to impact recreational boating and camping.
“Many park guests and residents around Charles Mill Lake enjoy viewing the fireworks display on their boat. Currently, too much debris remains in the water, and boat traffic is not passable under the bridge on the lake,” said Steve Rice, park manager. “Based on current outflow at the dam and an unpredictable weather forecast, we have decided to reschedule the fireworks, providing ample notice to our guests. Our primary concern is boater safety.”
Charles Mill Lake continues to be several feet over summer pool levels, which causes hazards in and under the water, according to a press release. Further, the public launch ramps remain closed and many campsites in the park are still underwater or are too muddy to be usable.
A portion of the other festivities planned at the park from Thursday, July 4 through July 7 for the annual Red, White and Blue Weekend will continue. But anything related to the beach party is expected to be canceled.
Since taking the position of park manager approximately seven years ago, Rice can't recall ever needing to so drastically reschedule the fireworks.
"They've been postponed until Sunday for rain, but we've never had to do this," he said.
To find more information and watch for updates about Red, White and Blue Weekend, visit CharlesMillLakeOhio.org.